Thaw triggers weight restrictions on roads

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Gazette staff
Thursday, March 13, 2014

MADISON—The state Department of Transportation has officially declared a spring thaw, meaning weight restrictions on Class II roads in southeast Wisconsin, including Rock and Walworth counties

Class II roads include about 1,400 miles of state highways susceptible to damage from heavy trucks during the spring thaw as frost leaves the ground. More information regarding Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT's website at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/truck/weightrestrictions.htm.

A declaration of spring thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits. Information on overweight permits can be found at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/carriers/osowgeneral.htm.

A recorded message with information on road restrictions is available by calling 608-266-8417.

County highways, town roads, and city and village streets also may be posted or limited to legal load limits or less. Decisions to place or lift weight restrictions on those roads are up to local units of government.

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